Beryl Welford, 70, and her husband, John, live in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and have three grown-up daughters and five grandchildren. Beryl, a retired receptionist, lost 2st 3lb at Tiffany Walker’s Slimming World group in Welwyn Garden City.
“In October 2003, I went shopping for new trousers and was horrified when, first the size 12s, then the 14s and 16s, failed to fasten. The assistant offered to bring me a pair of size 18s but I said, “No, I’ll take the size 14s – and they’ll fit me by Christmas.”
“The next day, inspired by my son-in-law, who I knew had lost weight with Slimming World; I sought out my nearest group.
“I’d gained weight when I retired. The walk to work and the need to look smart had been replaced by WI meetings, home-made cakes and a sedentary lifestyle.
“What I liked about Food Optimising was that it promoted a healthy way of life, not a diet. The eating plan was based around everyday meals like pasta with sauces and Sunday roasts, while Body Magic was exactly what I needed to counter my lack of regular daily activity – I started walking and swimming straightaway.
I also loved group meetings because I met people ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s. Of course, we all had one important thing in common – we wanted to make a positive change to our lives.
“By Christmas 2003, those trousers fastened easily. Although these days, they’re too big, and my wardrobe’s full of lovely size 10s and 12s. I’ve got loads of energy for charity work and gardening, and my doctor’s pleased because my cholesterol level is no longer high.
“I’m proud to say I’ve maintained my target weight for six years and that since I’ve lost weight, I’ve inspired some older ladies to do the same, Just because you’re adding years, you don’t have to add pounds, too. You can feel young, slim and fit at any age!”